Pompeo warns US may never restore WHO funding

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WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said a fundamental reform of the World Health Organization is needed following its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and that the United States, WHO’s biggest donor, may never restore funding to the U.N. body.

“I think we need to take a real hard look at the WHO and what we do coming out of this,” Pompeo told Fox News late on Wednesday.

“We reformed this back in 2007, so this isn’t the first time we’ve had to deal with the shortcomings of this organization that sits inside the United Nations,” he said. “We need a fix. We need a structural fix with the WHO.”

President Donald Trump suspended U.S. funding of WHO last week, accusing it of being “China-centric and promoting China’s “disinformation” about the outbreak. WHO officials have denied this and China insists it has been transparent and open.

The United States has been the biggest overall donor to the WHO, contributing over $400 million in 2019, roughly 15% of its budget. —Agencies

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